Why? Because you need to know details about the condition of a home before you sign your life away to the bank. A home inspection delivers a comprehensive understanding of a property's condition across major categories. It also gives information about the types of maintenance required to keep the home in good shape and all major systems operating smoothly.
What? We visually inspect 14 major categories: structural, roofing, exterior, interior, electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling, insulation, ventilation, waste control, waste disposal, appliances and site. We deliver a professional, high quality home inspection report to you with conclusions and recommended next steps. Each customized inspection report includes an executive summary, detailed sections of identified concerns organized logically by category and high-res photos.
Radon Gas Test
Why? Because Radon is in your house and it's the single leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is an invisible, naturally occurring gas that emanates from the earth’s soil. You can’t see it, smell it or touch it, but it’s a major health risk. No home is risk-free – new/old, well-insulated/poorly insulated, basement/no basement.
What? We install a Radon gas monitor in the home that continuously measures gas levels for 48 hours. We pick up the monitor and compare results to EPA thresholds. We deliver a professional, high quality report to you with conclusions and recommended next steps.
Why? Because water is the source of life - drinking, washing hands, taking showers, doing dishes, washing laundry. Is the well flow sufficient to support the household’s water requirements?
What? We open bathroom sink and tub faucets at the highest point in the property. At two different locations, we measure the amount of time it takes to fill a one-gallon container. After running the water for 30 minutes, we turn off the faucets and measure flow at the bathroom sink. We also visually inspect the well and related components. We deliver a professional, high quality Well Flow Inspection report to you with conclusions and recommended next steps.
Why? To ensure that your water is safe to drink. "Potability" is a silly word for a better non-word – “Drinkability.” Well water might taste and smell OK, but are there any unwanted impurities?
What? We remove screen/aerator from a cold water faucet and run the water for five minutes. We collect two samples from the cold water faucet and package the water samples and ship them overnight to a certified water testing facility. We deliver a professional, high quality Well Potability Inspection report to you with conclusions and recommended next steps.
Why? Because it's difficult to discover the sources of water penetration and energy loss. Infrared helps inspectors to identify water-related issues (plumbing leaks, roof leaks, exterior water intrusion) and electrical issues (overloaded circuits). It’s not easy for untrained users to develop accurate conclusions, which is why all of our inspectors complete rigorous classroom and field training to become certified thermographers.
What? We use infrared cameras to inspect the interior of the home. We scan for temperature differentials, much of which is caused by water intrusion or poor insulation. We outfit our teams with FLIR cameras – the world leader in thermal imaging cameras. We incorporate relevant infrared photos and content in your Home Inspection Report.
Home Energy Score
Why? To know your home's energy score compared to similar sized homes in the same climate zone. The Home Energy Score grades a home's energy efficiency on a scale of 1-10. The Home Energy Score is delivered in partnership with the US Department of Energy.
What? We collect energy information across dozens of energy efficient categories throughout the home, such as insulation, air sealing features, window characteristics, and types of appliances. We deliver a Home Energy Score report to you with the energy score, conclusions and recommendations for energy upgrades as well as estimates of how these improvements can reduce utility bills.
First Anniversary Inspection
Why? Because your builder’s warranty is about to expire. Warranties for newly constructed homes typically offer coverage on workmanship and materials relating to various components of the home, such as windows, heating, ventilation, HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems. Because these warranties usually expire one year after settlement, a first year anniversary inspection should be performed 11 months after closing.
What? We visually inspect 14 major categories: structural, roofing, exterior, interior, electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling, insulation, ventilation, waste control, waste disposal, appliances and site. We deliver a professional, high-quality home inspection report to you with conclusions and recommended next steps. This report can be presented to your builder as a punch list of items that need to be replaced/repaired before the warranty expires.